Douglas Harr | Rockin’ the City of Angels (Diego Spade Productions)

This tome is a Who’s Who of 1970s rock.

Showcasing the super rock acts of the 1970s, Rockin the City of Angels is an illustrious journey back to a time when anybody to speak of brought their show and music to Los Angeles. This book gives you an in-depth, like-you-were-there photo gallery of some of the biggest names in rock history, containing never-before-seen photos of three dozen bombastic concerts and some history on the albums that made them stars.

This tome is a Who’s Who of 1970s rock. Complete with a listing of the best live videos and LP’s by each band, this book is a plethora of rock information. There are some great artists included, all of them seen in the ’70s by the author, Douglas Harr. The biggest names of the era are deliciously presented here, with photos of artists like rock icon Stevie Nicks with Fleetwood Mac, The Who, English phenom Kate Bush, AC/DC, Queen, Kansas, Jethro Tull, and many more.

The book contains over 600 photos, and is nearly the size of an LP sleeve. Many of the photos have never been published before, making this a rare look inside L.A.’s live music scene of the decade: bands like ELO, Paul McCartney and Wings, and Peter Gabriel, some making their L.A. debut and others playing packed arenas, like Led Zeppelin.

Featuring the photography skills of Fin Costello, Lisa Tanner, Brian Weiner, Neil Zlowzower, and more, this is the definitive book of rock ’n ’ roll in the 1970s. While bands like KISS are not featured, acts including Heart, Alice Cooper, and many more get the VIP treatment with a forward by photographer Armando Gallo. If you are an arena rock fan, this is the book for you.

Beautifully bound, Rockin’ the City of Angels is a must-have for collectors and fans alike. If you only buy one rock book this year, this should be the one. | Marc Farr

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